The odds are stacked firmly against the struggling Baggies as they travel to the Etihad Stadium tonight.
Slaven Bilic’s relegation battlers have just one win to their name since returning to the Premier League and have picked up just one point on the road so far this term.
The top-flight’s leakiest defence – who conceded after only 20 seconds at Newcastle – will have their hands full trying to contain a Man City attack that often score for fun in these sorts of home fixtures and put five past Burnley last month.
As if tonight wasn’t enough of a daunting task for West Brom, the hosts have also now kept six consecutive clean sheets after Saturday’s drab derby draw against Manchester United as they look to jump back into the top six following an inconsistent start to the 2020/21 campaign.
Man City XI: Ederson, Joao Cancelo, Dias, Ake, Mendy, Rodri, Gundogan, Foden, De Bruyne, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus
West Brom XI: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Gibbs, Livermore, Diangana, Gallagher, Sawyers, Phillips, Ahearne-Grant
With kick-off scheduled for 8pm GMT, follow all the build-up and live match action with Standard Sport’s blog below.
64 mins: Uncertainty among the West Brom ranks as Rodri’s half-hearted shot takes a deflection and is seized on by Johnstone as City look to pick up the scraps from close range.
Guardiola cutting a frustrated figure on the touchline just at the moment.
61 mins: It’s been all City for so long, but they get a little warning shortly after the hour mark as a poor Cancelo header halls to Phillips, who drags a low shot wide.
58 mins: The confident Ederson comes miles out of his area to claim possession and then set City back on the front foot with a long ball forward.
Sterling is denied by a solid stop from Johnstone at his front post and Jesus takes a bang to the face that will require treatment as he tries to get his latest header from a corner on target.
56 mins: West Brom twice miss the chance to stop City in their tracks as Dara O’Shea eventually recovers to block Gundogan’s strike for a corner.
Jesus then heads De Bruyne’s set-piece delivery onto the roof of the net.
54 mins: Livermore concedes possession cheaply inside the City half and the hosts are straight into attack mode.
De Bryune ends up rather toeing a poor finish well wide of the post.
51 mins: Jesus is unable to make contact with Foden’s fierce delivery and Johnstone then has to palm behind a Cancelo cross that takes a deflection off Phillips.
Guardiola barking out animated instructions on the touchline as Rodri drills a shot into the stands from distance.
47 mins: City on the offensive straightaway in this second 45, but West Brom break to force a corner through Jake Livermore.
Phillips’ strike takes a nick off Mendy and is easily claimed by Ederson.
Second half under way
Back off and running at the Etihad.
No changes at the break, though you can imagine we will see the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Sergio Aguero sooner rather than later if this remains level.
Manchester City 1-1 West Brom
City dominant, but still not anywhere near their best.
West Brom had spurned the clearest chance of the game before falling behind and got a huge slice of fortune with that equaliser just before the interval.
GOAL! Manchester City 1-1 West Brom | Semi Ajayi 43’
43 mins: Against the odds and run of play, the Baggies are level!
It’s a mess from City’s perspective, as they initially clear a free-kick but can’t stop West Brom from keeping the attack alive.
Ajayi’s shot ends up taking a massive deflection off Ruben Dias and beats Ederson.
The first goal City have conceded in more than 10 hours!